Firefighters respond to crash, finish pizza delivery in NY

WEST HENRIETTA, NY (WSPA/CNN) – Firefighters in New York decided to complete a pizza delivery after they responded to a crash that injured a pizza delivery driver.
A crew from the Henrietta Fire District, just outside of Rochester, responded to the two-car crash Saturday afternoon.
While the driver was being cared for by the ambulance, the firefighters decided to finish the job.
The pizza – still intact – was delivered to the customer.
Firefighters posted photos of the delivery on Facebook, thanking the man for ordering out and not risking the chance of burning food or setting off the fire alarm.

Bikers ride to support homeless veterans

Decades ago, Cascade Park was the place to go for rides.
This weekend, it donned that destination description once again.
But whereas former rides such as the Tumblebug, The Comet or the miniature train were solely for amusement, Saturday’s event was a community outreach.

About 100 motorcyclists turned out to ride for the second annual Stand Up for Vets to help raise money for October’s Veterans Stand Down, which is aimed at helping homeless veterans.
“What Stand Down does,” organizer and Stand Down chairman Missy Russell told those who turned out Saturday, “is provide a bunch of services for homeless veterans in the county — also service members and homeless civilians.
“When they come to Stand Down, they can get many different items. They can get health screenings, they can get a free meal, clothing, there’s surplus for our veterans as well as a bunch of different referrals from all over the counties.”
Among the agencies present at Saturday’s motorcycle run were ABATE, VFW Post 315, VA Butler Healthcare and Lawrence County Community Action Partnership’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which sponsored the event.
“What that program does,” explained Russell, “is that we house homeless veterans, and we can do that down at LCCAP. We have over 21 counties that we are able to house homeless veterans or those that are precariously housed within those counties.”
Last year, more than 200 bikers turned out for the inaugural Stand Up for Vets run. Organizers had hoped to attract at least 300 this year, but although sunny skies prevailed at the time the bikes departed for their 50-mile, police-escorted ride around the county, earlier rain and the threat of more appeared to keep numbers down.
It did not, however, deter Bryce Reigh, who comes from a military family and who also participated in last year’s event.

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Reigh said he came out to “support veterans who can’t be here, who are here, celebrate with them, just show some support for who really deserves it.”
He added that he had spread the word about last year’s effort and “Generally, if you mention ‘veterans’ in my circle of friends, they’re here.”

Fundraisers come in all shapes and sizes, but when it came time to come up with one for Stand Down, Marcus Russell said, a motorcycle ride seemed a natural.
“I love riding motorcycles,” he said. “A friend of mine is a motorcycle cop. And we wanted to raise money for Stand Down, which my wife is president of, so I said we’re going to do a motorcycle run, and we put it together in two months last year.
“We made it happen and got some good turnout. If it were a nice day today, I think there’d be way more bikes coming out.”
Still, Marcus Russell noted, Saturday’s event featured a few more vendors than the year before, and there were to be three bands providing post-ride entertainment, as opposed to just one last year.
Bikers also were to be treated to a meal upon their return to the park.
A second Stand Down fundraiser — this one a golf outing — is scheduled for August. For more information about that event, call LCCAP at (724)

15-year-old helps blind, deaf passenger communicate during flight

PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) A 15-year-old girl is getting national attention for helping a blind and deaf passenger aboard a recent cross-country Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Oregon.
Clara Daly used sign language to help passenger Tim Cookfeel more welcome and comfortable.
Flight attendants made an announcement on the flight to see if anyone knew American Sign Language to help them better communicate with Cook. Daly volunteered to help, and signed into Cooks hand so he could feel the words.
He just wanted to talk, Daly told NBC affiliate KGW. I sat with Tim a few times on the flight and toward the end for about 30 minutes.
Daly and her mother werent originally scheduled to be on that flight. Their non-stop flight to Los Angeles from Boston had been canceled, and they were put on the Portland flight at the last minute.

‘Proud of my girl’: Young girl helps blind, deaf man communicate on Alaskan flight

“She’ll probably kill me for posting this, but – Proud of my girl.”
A proud mother took to her Facebook to brag about her teenage daughter, she never expected her post to spread the way it did — reaching thousands of people nationwide.
Clara Daly and her mother were flying home from Boston on an Alaskan Airlines flight when they spotted a man unable to communicate with his flight attendants. This man was both deaf and blind.

Staff on the plane made an announcement asking if anyone on the flight knew American sign language, Clara did.
Without hesitation, her mother said she offered to help the man, Timothy.
“Several times he requested her assistance throughout the flight. Toward the end of the flight he asked for her again, and this time he just wanted to talk,” Clara’s mom said.
So for the remainder of the flight, the young girl kneeled in front of Timothy. Using only their hands, the two chatted.
“He asked her lots of questions, and she signed-spelled the answers into his hand. The flight attendants and the passengers around him were all taken by Clara,” Jane said.
Several other passengers also took to Facebook to document the experience:
“That’s when this lovely young woman came into the picture. 15 years old, she learned ASL because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn. For the rest of the flight she attended to Tim and made sure his needs were met.”
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This Illinois couple has been together 40 years. Now they’ve finally tied the knot.

Joe Hubbard never had time to get married. The 75-year-old Belleville man was too busy helping poor, sick, elderly and homeless people through Catholic organizations in St. Clair County.

Julie Llamas, his lady friend for more than 40 years, didn’t pester him about it because she was pretty swamped herself, taking care of her ill mother, an orphaned niece and other family.

“I didn’t think he would ever marry me,” said Julie, 79. “We were close, and I loved him, and he loved me, but we were just satisfied with the way things were.”

That was until May 15, when Joe finally popped the question.

The couple was attending Mass at Orr-Weathers public-housing complex in East St. Louis. The congregation was singing the hymn “I Have Loved You.”

“We were about halfway through Mass, and he turns around and looks at me and says, ‘You want to get married?'” Julie said. “And I just looked at him and laughed and said, ‘Yeah.'”

They were planning a small, private affair until word of their engagement reached the community. Friends and family thought they deserved a full-blown wedding and reception.

Joe Hubbard and Julie Llamas pose for one last photo as single people. They got married Friday night at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville.

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Joe’s longtime co-worker, Pat Hogrebe, 61, of Millstadt, switched hats, going from executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Belleville Council to wedding planner.

“They’ve waited a long time for this,” she said. “It’s just a special day for them. It’s like a fairytale, a dream come true.”

Could I have this dance?

Nearly 200 people gathered at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville on Friday night to watch Joe and Julie say “I do.” The Rev. Kenneth York officiated.

The couple opted not to climb to the altar to avoid risk of falling. Julie uses a walker, and Joe isn’t as steady as he used to be. She wore a white crocheted top and slacks, and he wore a black suit with a lilac shirt and tie.

“(Their path to marriage has) been a lifelong venture,” York said, prompting giggles from the pews.

Newlyweds Julie and Joe Hubbard enter the parish hall at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville for their wedding reception Friday night.

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Gerry Hasenstab, who replaced Joe as executive director of Catholic Urban Programs when Joe retired in 2013, and his wife, Barb Hasenstab, served as best man and matron of honor.

The ceremony was followed by a reception with a three-tier wedding cake, pink and lilac floral centerpieces, D.J. music, champagne toasts and a bouquet toss.

“I told Joe he better not smash (cake) in my face like the young people do,” Julie said, and he followed her orders.

The couple danced to the Anne Murray song “Can I Have This Dance” while people crowded around for photos as if they were celebrities.

Wedding guests included Belleville mayor Mark Eckert, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, County Clerk Tom Holbrook and retired judges Milton Wharton and Lloyd Cueto.

“Joe is one of my best friends,” Eckert said. “We talk once or twice a day. He has done so much for me over the years. He’s been a great mentor.”

Working in the trenches

Joe grew up in East St. Louis. He quit college after his father’s death and got a job with the local levy district to support his mother and younger brothers.

But Joe found his real calling as a volunteer for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

“I wanted to stay in charity work, so Bishop (Albert) Zuroweste offered me a job, and I started Catholic Urban Programs in 1973,” he said. “It was a one-person office.”

Over the years, the agency grew, and so did Joe’s reputation.

Julie Hubbard feeds wedding cake to her new husband, Joe Hubbard, at their reception in the parish hall at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville.

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He worked in the trenches, helping single mothers get electricity turned back on, sitting up all night with people dying in hospitals, taking food to shut-ins and even digging graves for families who couldn’t afford funeral expenses.

“I was guardian or power of attorney for several hundred people,” he said. “Mostly people who didn’t have any family or any funds.”

Joe spent 40 years with Catholic Urban Programs before retirement. He still volunteers and still serves as director of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.

Joe, who also is a former Belleville Township trustee, has received dozens of awards. Most are stored in a closet at home because he’s too humble to display them.

“People call him a living saint,” said York, 68, who met Joe when York was a seminary student. “He has spent his life ministering to other people. That’s his vocation, and he’s very dedicated to it.”

Six-year-old Ernesto Rodriguez, of Washington Park, stops to chat with Joe Hubbard during lunch at Cosgrove’s Soup Kitchen in East St. Louis in this file photo.

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Couple met in church

Beyond community service, Joe cared for his mother and two brothers, who lived with him when their health was failing. Caretaking was something he had in common with Julie.

They had met as teenagers while attending Holy Angels Catholic Church in East St. Louis.

“He’d collect the money, and to get my attention, he’d hit me in the head with the collection basket,” Julie said.

The friends got reacquainted in their 30s, when Julie worked in administration at Notre Dame nursing home (now Willowcreek) in Belleville. Joe stopped in regularly to visit residents.

In 1977, Julie invited him to the facility’s annual Christmas party.

Julie Hubbard prepares to throw her bouquet to single women as her new husband, Joe Hubbard, looks on during their wedding reception Friday night.

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“If I hadn’t asked him, I don’t think he would’ve asked me,” she said. “I think he was too bashful.”

Joe and Julie went out only once or twice a month until his mother, Olga, and her mother, Florence, died in the 1990s. That’s when their friendship evolved into romance.

The next big step came in 2012, when thieves broke into Julie’s mobile home in O’Fallon and stole her jewelry. She was afraid to stay alone, so her nieces invited her to move in with them.

“Joe said, ‘That’s silly. They’d have to make room for you, and I’ve got this three-bedroom house, and I’m not home during the day. It doesn’t make sense to heat it all day with nobody there,'” Julie said.

Taking care of each other

The timing was perfect for Joe and Julie to become housemates. In the past five years, she has dealt with respiratory issues and a leg problem that required surgery. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease on top of his diabetes.

They’ve been able to take care of each other but also spend more time going to movies, eating out with friends and cooking together at home.

“I wanted to get married,” Julie said. “I told him, ‘I won’t pressure you.’ But if I got sick, I wanted him to marry me on my death bed. I didn’t want to go to heaven not being married.”

Julie Llamas, 79, and Joe Hubbard, 75, of Belleville, got married Friday night after a 40-year relationship that started as a friendship and evolved into romance.

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Julie’s niece, Sandy Lambert, has been calling Hubbard “Uncle Joe” for years. He walked her down the aisle at her wedding in lieu of her late father.

Lambert, 48, of Mascoutah, cried tears of joy when the couple announced they were engaged.

“Finally, after all these years, they’re able to do something for themselves,” she said. “Their lives have always been about everyone else.”

Joe and Julie are thinking about taking a trip to Pere Marquette State Park Lodge near Grafton for their honeymoon.

Joe smiles when asked what caused him to end decades of bachelorhood and blurt out his proposal during Mass that day. It happened to be a friend’s birthday. He was thinking that life is short and that marriage is a gift from God.

“I’m getting old,” he said. “And when you start getting old, you realize you’re going to die, and you want to enjoy a little bit of what God gives us to enjoy.”

Royal Observatory at Greenwich working for first time since London smog shut down telescopes 60 years ago

The Royal Observatory at Greenwich has been pivotal to astronomy and navigation since the beginning of time. Well, international standard time at least. But what few people realise is that the observatory has not actually observed anything for more than half a century.

Astronomers were forced to abandon their work in the 1950s as London smogs grew so bad that they could no longer see the stars through their telescopes.

As the railways expanded nearby, the rumble of trains also made it impossible to take accurate readings with sensitive instruments, while the ever-growing capital brought increasingly dazzling light pollution.

Now, after more than 60 years a new telescope has been installed at Greenwich to restore its status as a working observatory once again. Not only is London’s air cleaner now, but modern telescope filters can tune out the pollution to hone in on the stars, planets, nebulae and even galaxies.

Curator of Royal Observatory Greenwich, Dr Louise Devoy said: “The observatory really started to wind down in 1948 because Greenwich had been expanding, and Greenwich Power Station was belching out smoke so the telescopes were becoming useless.

“They also used to do magnetic and meteorological readings from here, but the railways and iron-framed buildings interfered with the signals and the vibrations from the trains made accuracy impossible. With the new telescope we can use filters and software to process it all out.”

Reese’s Sent The Best Care Package To A Guy Whose Reese’s Was Missing Peanut Butter

Back in April, a man bit into a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup — only to realize every fan’s worst nightmare: There was absolutely no peanut butter inside. His set of cups were frauds — total frauds! — as they were made from nothin’ but chocolate.
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Though this was clearly just an unfortunate factory mistake, Iowa resident Alex Hentges took to Reddit to share his Reese’s dilemma with the internet.This is how it all unraveled: Alex said he knew something seemed odd about his cups before he even opened them. “They were room temperature, and I knew something was off because it wasn’t squishy,” he told Insider. “So I decided to break it in half after opening and found the disaster.” Alex says he broke open a total of six cups missing their much needed peanut butter filling. His post soon went viral (by now, it’s racked up 47,200 responses) so he decided to reach out to Reese’s and fill them in on what happened, too. Alex explained on Reddit: “I’ve had people message me already asking for them, but I’m not looking for money for this. I legit just thought this was funny when I got it and posted to Reese’s FB page more as a joke than anything. This whole thing BLEW UP.”
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Reese’s sent Alex coupons at first, but a few days later, the brand followed up with an epic care package. In a handwritten note, Reese’s wrote:”Sometimes we like to remind people that you need both chocolate AND peanut butter, together, to have the perfect candy. This was one of those times. And you were the unlucky person. Now that we made our point, here’s enough chocolate AND peanut butter to make everything cool between us.”Moral of the story? The internet can lead to a dreamy amount of free candy — and Reese’s public relations team brings their A-game in dire situations.Follow Delish on Instagram.